Pilates combines mental toughness with physical strength, much like solving a Sudoku puzzle engraved in stone. Achieve chiseled abdominals with today's Groupon: for $50, you get five Pilates mat or Xtend Barre classes at Willow Pilates Studio (a $130 value).
Willow Pilates Studio's team of certified Pilates instructors leads students of all skill levels through mat- and equipment-based classes in an airy, 3,000-square-foot facility. The studio's seven-day schedule boasts both Pilates mat and barre workouts. During mat classes, students maneuver through Pilates' 18 basic floor exercises and how to help protect their creamy, caramel centers by fortifying abdominal shells. Alternatively, during 55-minute Xtend Barre workouts, pupils perform smooth, controlled, ballet-inspired movements using a genuine ballet barre to stabilize themselves and other props including hand weights and yoga straps. Students may interchange classes at any time, depending on the mood of their chi.
Willow Pilates Studio
Willow Pilates Studio is described on its website as a "fully equipped studio," which might actually be underselling its resources. The 3,000-square-foot facility boasts 28 plus pieces of Pilates equipment for stretching and strengthening throughout the body. To help participants get the most out of each workout, everyone is taught proper form on the machines by the team of expert instructors. Among the many options, the reformer machine's adjustable springs help tone core muscles while the Cadillac table builds strength through advanced acrobatic exercises and comes standard with anti-lock brakes.